Communication Design & Fine Arts Career Options

Communication Design
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions. Most of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services. According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of graphic designers is projected to increase by 13 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Fine Arts
A career in art is not limited to being a painter of canvases which get framed and sold in a gallery. Behind every piece of art in a newspaper, magazine, book, posture, brochure, website or display piece, there's usually a commercial artist or a team of artists. Those interested in truly trying to make a career in one of the fine arts fields know that art is everywhere – from computer animation to film and TV stage sets. If art students truly apply themselves, they can pursue their passion not just in work created to hang in museums, but also in teaching art, art history or photography.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow by 5 percent by 2020. Employment growth of artists depends, in large part, on the overall state of the economy, because purchases of art are usually optional.

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